Author: Carol Griswold

Sandhill Cranes!

Sandhill Cranes!

This misty moisty morning, When cloudy was the weather, I chanced to watch 300 cranes, All clothed in feathers. They began to whoop and holler, I began to grin, Welcome home! Happy spring! And welcome back again! (Apologies to the original Mother Goose nursery rhyme.) April 26, 2009 Happy birthday […]

Parking fees in harbor

April 22, 2009 Re: Resolutions 2009-034, 035, and 036 Dear Mayor Corbridge and Council, I remember all the budget discussions last winter concerning the alarmingly low level of emergency reserves and the need to really cut down to essentials to balance our budget. It was very hard to decide where […]

Swan, Geese, Oystercatchers!

April 15, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 6:39 am, sunset 9:17 pm, length of day 16 hours, 38 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 27 seconds longer. Weather: After a spring surprise of about 6” of new snow yesterday, today was benignly overcast and calm with temperatures […]

Cassin's Finch male and female

Cassin's Finch male and female

April 8, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 7:00 am, sunset 9:00 pm, length of day 14 hours even; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 28 seconds longer. Weather: Temperatures finally inched into the 40s today, a beautiful spring day. Crocuses are up, poking through the snow if necessary. […]

Hunting and Trapping in City Limits???

Last year, the Seward Police Department received 163 bear calls. Among them were cases involving hunting with a bow and arrow in city limits, which was and unfortunately still is legal. In the October 2008 case, a bow hunter took a black bear in a residential neighborhood. At least one […]

How many Cassin's Finches ARE there???

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 7:24 am, sunset 8:40 pm, length of day 13 hours, 16 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 31 seconds longer. Weather: March slammed the door this week and grudgingly stomped away, tossing fresh snow hither and yon followed by […]

Spring sneaking up on Winter

Spring sneaking up on Winter

March 27, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 7:26 am, sunset 8:30 pm, length of day 14 hours, 54 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 30 seconds longer. Weather: Winter is hanging in there just barely, scattering snow showers verging on rain all week with temperatures hovering around […]

Cassin's Finch sings!

March 17, 2009 Happy St. Patty’s Day! Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:07 am, sunset 8:06 pm, length of day 11 hours, 59 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 31 seconds longer. Just about at Spring Equinox!! Weather: Calm this morning after days of fierce winds blasting from […]

Prescription Discount Card

After I paid an unbelievable $137 at the Safeway pharmacy for a tiny bottle of antibiotic ear drops, I found out about an incredible prescription discount card that could have saved me 20%. I don’t know why I didn’t know about this amazing program, since the Kenai Peninsula Borough has […]

Beginning Birding Course deadline Friday

The Friday, March 13 deadline is quickly approaching to sign up for the 1 credit Beginning Birding Class offered by the Kenai Peninsula College Resurrection Bay Extension. “Beginning Birding” will provide an introduction to birding with an emphasis on developing identification skills. Other topics will include a review of birding […]

Rare Bird Visits Seward

Rare Bird Visits Seward

Hopping around on the ground gleaning sunflower seeds scattered below birdfeeders is a plain, brown, stripy bird that is causing quite a stir among birders. The Cassin’s finch female is over 1000 miles north of where she should be, and no one knows why. This is about the 5th published […]

Humpback whale in bay!

Humpback whale in bay!

This afternoon, Tuesday, February 24th, I was amazed to see the glistening back of a juvenile humpback whale curl above the calm waters right next to Lowell Point Road. The arch continued until the tiny dorsal fin rose into view, and then disappeared, leaving a smooth “foot print” on the […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Winter Wren!

Sporadic Bird Report: Winter Wren!

February 3, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 9:06 am, sunset 5:17 pm, length of day 8 hours, 11 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 7 seconds longer. Weather: January’s bitter north wind blew into February with temperatures in the single digits and wind chill in the negative […]

Sporadic Bird Report

January 25, 2009 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 9:26 am, sunset 4:54 pm, length of day 7 hours, 27 minutes; tomorrow will be 4 minutes and 43 seconds longer. Weather: Calm, 23º and partly cloudy this morning, rising to a balmy 33º under radiant blue, sunny skies all afternoon. […]

Sporadic Bird Report: hungry eagle drama!

Sporadic Bird Report: hungry eagle drama!

December 9, 2008 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 9:49 am, sunset 3:51 pm, length of day 6 hours, 1 minute; tomorrow will be 1 minute and 58 seconds shorter as we approach the December 21st winter solstice. Weather: December 7th was a spectacular sunny day, calm, and at 37º […]